hive - Sleek, streamlined, supercharged

Sleek, streamlined, supercharged

149 €

Please be aware the Linux versions of our plug-ins are still considered beta. While the plug-ins are stable, we are not able to provide the same level of support for these products as we do for the macOS and Windows versions. Support is provided via the Linux and u-he communities on our forum.

NKS

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Hive 2: Sleek, streamlined, supercharged

Hive's clear layout and easy workflow let you create stunning patches in next to no time at all. Although surprisingly CPU-friendly, Hive doesn't sacrifice flexibility or audio quality. Now packed with more controls than ever, version 2 opens up new dimensions of expression… and sheer fun!


Hive 2 in the spotlight…

Hover over the dots Dot to learn about Hive’s features

Hive 2 - UI
  • Low CPU usage, 3 different synth engines
  • 2 oscillators with standard waveforms or 2D wavetables, up to 16x unison, tunable sub-oscillators
  • Drag & drop modulation assignment
  • 12x2 modulation matrix slots with modifiers for curvature, rectification, quantization, sample & hold, slew rate
  • 4 user-definable XY control pads
  • Arpeggiator, step sequencer with real-time recording
  • Unique 8-step shape sequencer with 4 independent outputs
  • 2 function generators which can serve as extra envelopes, gate generators, LFOs, slew limiters
  • 7 rearrangeable effects: distortion, chorus, delay, phaser, EQ, reverb, compressor
  • Panel presets for oscillators, filters, envelopes, LFOs, sequencer, FX and modulation matrix
  • Solo buttons let you audition individual oscillators and filters during sound design
  • Scope to view the audio output or any modulation signal, with freeze option and zoom controls
  • Microtuning support (.tun files)
  • 2000+ NKS-ready factory presets by some of our favourite sound designers, many more available online
  • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%

If you wish to upgrade to Hive 2.x from Hive 1.x, please follow the instructions on this page or, if you prefer, in the Hive 2 Upgrade guide PDF.


Sights and sounds

Underneath its sleek exterior, Hive 2 lets you go as deep as you like. Add movement and life using the shape sequencer, or instantly record, rotate and arpeggiate note sequences. The 12-slot matrix even lets you modulate effect parameters, encouraging you to explore a whole new world of creative options. With its swappable audio engine, flexible signal routing, wavetable support and quality effects, Hive 2 makes sure you can get the sound you want with a minimum of fuss.

Wavetables


How it works

Hive 2 includes Wavetables! These appear as multiple waveforms, and are controlled in the central hexagon. You can manually select wavetables, modulate the wave position via the matrix, or even scan through them automatically using the envelope and loop options (which let you animate wavetables without the need for an extra modulation source).

This panel also offers a Reverse option to flip the wavetable back to front, Cyclic mode for seamless wavetable cycling, and various real-time interpolation methods.

Multi-Table

Wavetables can be split into multiple parts (up to 16), effectively creating a 2-dimensional oscillator. For instance, a wavetable with 30 frames can be split into 3 x 10 frames by setting Tables to 3. The lower Position knob will crossfade between those 3. This feature opens up a second dimension of wavetable scanning, such as velocity crossfade or multisample support.

UHM scripting

Want to go even deeper? Many of Hive's factory wavetables are not samples, but ".uhm" files containing scripts written in a proprietary wavetable generation and manipulation language. If you're interested in writing your own scripts, grab this document (also included in the Hive installer)…

Interpolation

Hive provides 4 different algorithms for interpolating between wavetable frames: switch, crossfade, spectral, or zero phase. The appearance (and CPU usage) of waveforms can differ significantly, depending on the chosen interpolation. The spectral and zero phase modes shift the relative phases of partials differently, while the switch option only shows non-interpolated waveforms.

A quick run through Hive's new wavetable interpolation modes. Taking the example of the 4th harmonic of any given wavetable, it shows what happens in the transition between wavetable frames. It also shows the tradeoff between quality and CPU. Note that the "zero phase" mode does not show any transition in this case, which is the expected behaviour. Filmed in Hive 1.2.





 

More features

Shape Sequencer

The Shape Sequencer is where you can create complex modulations and/or rhythmic patterns. It offers a comfortable way to ‘gamify' rhythm creation. While it may look like a baby version of what other synths have to offer, Hive’s shape sequencer can do a lot more than first meets the eye…

Shape Sequencer in action

The shape sequencer has four Shape Modulator lanes (A, B, C and D), each with an independent set of options determining how the active cells in that lane are sequenced: This means that the shape modulators can be triggered differently and run at different speeds..

Function Generators

Hive’s Function Generators combine simple envelope functionality with LFO, slew limiter (a.k.a. envelope follower) and gate control. Each of the three outputs has its own ‘crosshair’ you can drag & drop onto any modulation target, onto the Scope or even onto the modulation matrix source fields. Triggered and/or modulated by the LFOs, the Shape Sequencer and each other, Hive’s Function Generators can create some truly mind-bending motion effects!



Function Generators in Hive

Function Generators in Hive

Arpeggiator and Sequencer

The ARP/SEQ panel in the central hexagon is where you make rhythmic and melodic loops.

Arpeggiator

You can select up to 3 octaves range, 6 different direction options, and 4 for the order. Additional features are Restart, which sets the number of notes the arpeggiator will play before jumping back to the beginning, and ClockDiv, which slows the arpeggiator down relative to the sequencer.

Sequencer

The sequencer has 2 different modes, one of which lets you send control signals (CC) without triggering any notes. Like the arpeggiator, the sequence will run whenever one or more notes are played, and will stop when all notes are released. In record (REC) mode you can enter individual notes on your keyboard or even capture the output of the arpeggiator.

Arpeggiator and Sequencer in Hive


Flexible Effects

Hive's hexagon includes 7 different effects: Distortion, Reverb, Equalier, Chorus, Delay, Compressor, and Phaser.

Enable and rearrange

The on/off status and position of each effect in the chain is controlled using the central column: Click once to enable or disable an effect, and drag up and down to rearrange. This ease of use invites experimental combinations e.g. short reverb into highly resonant phaser into heavy distortion.

Edit and modulate

Effects in Hive are fully-featured with many editable controls, a selection of presets, and the well known u-he quality.
Want more? Every control you see can be modulated in the modulation matrix – even a few you can't see.

Effects in Hive

Effects in Hive


Modulation Matrix

Hive features a 12-unit modulation matrix (6 units per page) which lets you connect modulation sources (LFOs, envelopes, shape sequencer, MIDI controls etc.) to countless targets, optionally via a second modulation source. 2 targets can be assigned per unit, each with its own modulatable depth control. The row of 5 modifiers per target can alter the curvature, rectify, quantize, sample/hold or slew-limit the modulation signal: This is seriously deep stuff, but it doesn't get in the way!



Modulation Matrix in Hive

Modulation Matrix in Hive

 

Performance controls

On this page you'll find a pad with 4 controls – simply connect them to your MIDI controllers for maximum fun on stage. Other views are also available.

Automatic parameter scanning

Hive is able to assign XY controls to parameters automatically. It looks into the structure of presets that have unused XY controls, and assigns them to the most appropriate XY macros (pre-defined sets of parameters). Of course you can create your own XY control definitions, with up to 4 targets per dimension.



XY controls in Hive

2 different views of the XY controls in Hive

Scope

Animated graphics in software synthesizers not only look cool, but can also help you program your sounds by showing you what’s happening in real time. Hive’s Scope is especially useful for displaying how the parts of complex modulation interact (e.g. the Function Generators with an LFO).



Scope in action

Global

Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, mono and legato modes

Synth Engine

3 synth engine characters (Normal, Dirty, Clean)

Oscillators

  • 2 pairs of stereo oscillators, 9 different waveforms each
  • Up to 16× unison per oscillator
  • Tunable sub-oscillators

Filters

  • 2 multimode filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandreject or peaking)
  • Flexible oscillator and filter routing

Arp+Seq

  • Common clock for arpeggiator and sequencer, with strict host-sync option
  • Arpeggiator with direction, order, octave and frame/restart controls
  • 16-step sequencer to drive notes or modulation

LFOs

2 LFOs with various shapes, sync options and unipolar switch

Performance

  • Glide control, constant rate or constant time mode
  • Extra vibrato oscillator

Envelopes

2 pairs of ADSR envelopes, each stage can be individually modulated

Configuration

  • Resizable GUI from 70% to 200%
  • MIDI learn page and editable list
  • Global preferences page

Modulation

  • 12x2 modulation matrix slots with modifiers for curvature, rectification, quantization, sample & hold, slew rate
  • Countless targets including all FX parameters
  • Drag and drop modulation assignment

Effects

7 quality effects on board: distortion, chorus, delay, phaser, EQ, plate reverb, compressor

Performance Control

4× XY pad control with auto-assign

Wavetables

With proprietary .uhm scripting language, modulatable controls, and more...

Scope

Used to view the audio output or any modulation signal, with freeze option and zoom controls

Shape sequencer

Unique 8-step shape sequencer with 4 independent outputs

Function generators

Can serve as extra envelopes, gate generators, LFOs, slew limiters

Scale Quantizer

To quantize incoming MIDI notes to a user-defined scale

149 €

Download the demo and enter your serial number to unlock the full version. The demo version emits crackling sound at irregular intervals.

Hive 2 2.0 (revision 8676)
Released May 28, 2019
Release notes

* About Linux: Before purchasing, please be aware the Linux versions of our plug-ins are still considered beta. While the plug-ins are stable, we are not able to provide the same level of support for these products as we do for the macOS and Windows versions. Support is provided via the Linux and u-he communities on our forum Link.  

Requirements

Apple logo Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
or
Windows logo Windows 7 or newer
or
Linux logo Linux


  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software

Formats

Hive 2 is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Hive 2 is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

Available as Audio Units (AU), VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later) NKS, plug-ins with 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

User Guides


Hive user guide

Downloads for Hive 2

Try the latest builds of Hive 2, which include improvements and bug fixes. Note: these are stable, but still beta versions.

Older Hive 2 installers are in our release archive (for legacy systems).

 

New sounds for Hive 2


Arena soundset teaser

Arena

Packed with lead sounds

Tarot soundset teaser

Tarot

Esoteric and unusual sounds

Hive Science 2 soundset teaser

Hive Science 2

More high impact sounds



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